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Cryptonym: HTAUTOMAT

Definition:
Camera system for project Oxcart, the CIA's SR-71 program and U-2 photography. James McCord, CIA's Security Research Staff officer and a Watergate burglar, was part of this project.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP61S00750A000500090038-5.pdf

7/30/57 memo from Herbert Scoville, Assistant Director, Scientific Intelligence to Project Director: "As a result of the recent assignment of REDACTED on indefinite TDY (temporary duty) to NSA, this Office has decided on a realignment of responsibilities relative to OSI participation in Projects AQUATONE and HT AUTOMAT and wishes to make this a matter of record..."

104-10123-10344: WITHHELD

7/14/58, Memorandum for the Record by R. C. Swendiman: "Based on information contained in Office of Security files, the Security Officer, HTAUTOMAT, has been advised there is no objection to granting a REDACTED Clearance to the Subject (James McCord) for access to information pertaining to Project HTAUTOMAT."

104-10123-10364: SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS, REQUEST [REFERENCE IS MADE TO AN INFORMAL MEMO PREPARED BY E. H. KNOCHE, DATED 21 MAY 1975, CONTAINING CERTAIN QUESTIONS DERIVED FROM A SSC HEARING

5/22/75 Memo by Charles W. Kane, Director of Security to Inspector General: "As of November, 1963, James Walter McCord, Jr., #52 049, was serving in Frankfurt, Germany, as Chief of the Agency Regional Security Support Staff. Mr. McCord was so assigned from June 1962 to June 1964.

Wayne Madsen, "The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies" (2017, p. 252.

"Perkin-Elmer (CIA contractor): Manufactured camera system for Project OXCART, the CIA's SR-71 program." Perkin-Elmer (CIA Front Company) Based in Norwalk, Connecticut. Manufactured camera system for project Oxcart, the CIA's SR-71 program and U-2 photography, Project AUTOMAT.

104-10123-10421: BIO DATA AND PHOTO OF JAMES W. MCCORD, JR

Worked in CIA Security Office in Washington DC from 1953-62. A newer version verifies he was in Germany in 1962-63: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=153820

Contributors:
Michael Clark • Bill Simpich

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